One of the greatest challenges in health care today is the fact that the growing volume of health research is not always applied in an optimal fashion at the patient’s bedside or in the health system more generally.
CHEPA member John Lavis is part of a new national research network that will address this challenge in order to improve the health of Canadians and strengthen the Canadian health care system.
Knowledge Translation Canada is a groundbreaking network bringing together knowledge translation experts from across the country to encourage greater collaboration in a field of research that works to ensure people making decisions about health care – including policymakers, managers, health care professionals and patients – are aware of and using evidence to inform decisions.
The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), affiliated with the University of Ottawa, has been awarded $12.2 million to lead Knowledge Translation Canada. The funding includes $9.8 million for research projects from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and $2.4 million for infrastructure from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The funding will support projects involving more than 50 researchers in six centres in Ontario, Québec and Alberta.
Brian Haynes, head of McMaster University’s Health Information Research Unit, is a co-investigator along with Lavis on the project, which is being led by Jeremy Grimshaw, a Senior Scientist and Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Program at OHRI.
Lavis, who has held a Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Transfer and Exchange since 2001, is involved in numerous projects to create better use of research by health system policymakers and decision-makers nationally and internationally.
The national network will create new knowledge about how best to undertake knowledge translation among decision-makers, advance the theory and methods of knowledge translation, and develop tools and services to sustain knowledge translation.
KT Canada researchers will work on projects in specific areas (such as diabetes, infectious disease and pediatric problems), but they will generate results that can be applied in any field.
KT Canada will include a major training initiative for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as well as a webcast seminar series open to researchers, clinicians, health policymakers, trainees and other stakeholders.